Here’s some top news on solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation from the last day or so.
The US wants India to relax trade restrictions in its solar energy sector. “US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has expressed ‘great concern’ regarding India’s solar energy policies which restrict the amount of imported solar panels and other equipment.”
Solar production capacity has doubled since 2009. “A combination of political motives, public awareness and the lower cost has caused the capacity of solar cell production worldwide to double in the last year.”
Princeton University planning a solar field. “Princeton University in New Jersey recently announced plans to build a solar collection field in nearby West Windsor, which is planned to have generating capacity for 700 households….”
The Obama Administration has just unveiled the US’s 1st offshore wind energy strategy. $50.5 million has been released for R&D and offshore wind energy projects will now get fast-tracked.
Wind energy giant Vestas has decided to locate its new Eastern European wind energy hub in Romania. It’s also planning to build 450-MW worth of wind energy there this year.
A national initiative for schools across the nation, Students Saving Energy, has just been launched. Read about the origin of this program and its goals from Victoria Pan of Ridgewood High School in New Jersey.
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Polluters keep attacking our governmental efforts to clean up the U.S. Luckily, the courts are still primarily on the side of the citizens and clear science. A federal court upheld Washington’s 2009 energy efficiency building code yesterday.
“Vice President Biden announced a comprehensive plan that would give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years” yesterday. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) applauded the Obama administration for its continued leadership on transportation infrastructure, including high-speed rail, yesterday as well.
And for more on the high-speed rail announcement, via the White House: Vice President Biden Announces Six Year Plan to Build National High-Speed Rail Network.
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